Arms Control: Another Missile Gap?

The prospect of any action, or even conversation, about disarmament inevitably frightens some. It delights others. With the start of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between the U.S. and the Soviet Union just two weeks away, the two groups maneuvered in Washington to influence both the tone and substance of the Helsinki conference.

Disarmament advocates made new pleas for a moratorium on testing MIRVs —clusters of independently targeted warheads atop a single missile, a new weapon that they fear will set off one more round in the seemingly endless arms race. The Pentagon, however, is anxious that American opinion—and the American...

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